The number of devices connected to the Internet worldwide will triple by 2020, to more than 50 billion units, US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews told the second day of the Regional Cyber Security Summit in Bucharest.
Since the number of cyberattacks is increasing in Europe and all around the world, said Andrews, the time has come for the identification of technological and political solutions necessary to protect ourselves and recover after future threats. He said the digital environment is an integral part of the activities of the government and the industry as well as of our daily lives. By 2020, he added, a tripling in the number of devices connected to the Internet is expected, to more than 50 billion. The potential benefits for the society and the economies of our countries are huge, the official added, but that also means an increase in the number of hackers’ targets.
Romania’s Ministry for Information Society together with the US Department of Commerce and the Commercial Section of the US Embassy in Bucharest are organising, May 11-13, at the Palace of the Parliament a Regional Cybersecurity Summit.
A number of 17 states in Central and South-Eastern Europe are invited at the event beginning on Monday to present their policies in the cybersecurity area, to approach topics such as the cyber threats and vulnerabilities and to identify opportunities for international and regional collaboration.
Companies and government officials, specialists in the cybersecurity area from the public and private environment from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, the USA and Romania participate in the summit.
In the same period, the US Department of Commerce and the Commercial Section of the US Embassy in Bucharest are conducting a trade mission in Bucharest to present the latest solutions which the US companies can provide in this area. The participants in the summit will have the opportunity to conduct bilateral discussions with experts in cyber security and leaders within the represented companies.
PM Ponta: When it comes of cyber security regional cooperation is important
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday stated at the Regional Cybersecurity Summit that in this field regional cooperation and the involvement of the private sector in ensuring cyber security are both of a great importance.
“I would like to refer to the importance of regional cooperation (…) When it comes to cybersecurity, you cannot be alone, for you will certainly fail. The more we can cooperate, by contributing with technologies, human resources, financial resources, the more successful we will be,” said Ponta.
The Prime Minister also mentioned “the importance of having the private sector involved” in “the gargantuan effort” of ensuring cyber security.
“The government can provide the framework, powerful institutions, stimuli, but, in the end, the most creative part of the industry remains the private sector. That’s why I would like to tell to the representatives of the private sector how happy we are to be able to cooperate with them and how committed we are to allow them develop their businesses (…) and to share the same aims – in order to have a safe and democratic society, a safe and democratic environment for what is no more the industry of the future, but the industry of today,” said Ponta.
NATO’s Ducaru: It’s important we also disseminate Romanian excellence in cyber field in the economic environment
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, on Tuesday emphasized on the fact that there are already centers of excellence in the field of cybersecurity in Romanian industry, while adding that is important for the Romanian potential to also be disseminated in the economic environment.
In his speech delivered at the Regional Cyber Security Summit, Ducaru stated that, through a transfer of excellence in what concerns cyber security in the economic area, Romania’s potential will come to be better known at regional level and also at European and international level.
“We must maintain the role that each country plays in ensuring the cyber security. Thus, I would like to highlight Romania’s role not only at local level, but within NATO too. Romania has provided key-scenarios in the latest exercises of 2014 and 2013. Moreover, the country contributes to the trust fund (…) that we especially created for Ukraine and I believe that it can play an important role at regional level and at the level of the Alliance too,” said the official, according to Agerpres.
He mentioned “the important leadership” of the United States in the field, by showing that this role has also been emphasized by the international organisations.
Sorin Ducaru presented the role played by NATO in ensuring cybersecurity, by reminding that the Alliance already came up over the years with certain policies and concrete actions. The dignitary also emphasized on the fact that cybersecurity is included among the central activities of NATO, and also in the training and education process and the operational planning exercises.
According to the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, the Alliance insisted very much on the development of partnerships in this field, first of all with other international bodies.
“In order to have a comprehensive cyber defence, a partnership represents a vital element,” explained the NATO official.
Minister Grindeanu: Romania wants a society based on information services that respect fundamental rights and freedoms
Romania wants to develop an environment for a dynamic cyber society based on information services, while also respecting the regulatory framework for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Romania’s Minister for the Information Society Sorin Grindeanu told the second day on Tuesday of a Regional Cyber Security Summit in Bucharest.
“Cybersecurity is expanding continually, gaining new dimensions, as we come to depend increasingly more on it in our social life and economy. Because cyber threats continue to evolve and because of the latest developments in the geo-political context, a new national security context was forced upon us. In this sense, Romania wants to create an environment for a dynamic cyber society based on information services, while respecting the regulatory framework for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Grindeanu.
The minister added that as the number of devices connected to the Internet increases, the number of cyberattacks in Romania will follow the same trajectory.
“Statistics with CERT-RO indicate that no less than 78 million cyber incident alerts were identified in Romania in 2014. Cybersecurity in Romania is highly important for national security. Boosted security and trust in electronic services are a priority with the Romanian Government and also a basic request for the electronic infrastructure,” said Grindaru.
According to official data, nearly 11,000 .ro domains came under attack or were declared inactive in 2014.
A CERT-RO official report indicates that more than half (54 per cent) of the alerts in 2014 were over incorrectly configured, unsecured or vulnerable information systems that provided various unsecure online services that were used by attackers to conceal their identity and to launch cyberattacks at other targets.
At the same time, nearly one quarter (24 per cent) of the unique IPs in Romania were involved in at least one cyber alert, up from 16 per cent in 2013.
The CERT-RO National Cyber Incident Response Centre is an independent structure of expertise and research and development in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection that has the necessary capability of preventing, analysing, identifying and responding to cyber incidents involving information systems that provide public utility services or services for the information society.